Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area

Georges River National Park

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Overview

Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area in Georges River National Park is ideal for a barbecue picnic by the river as well as fishing, walking, kayaking or boating.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Georges River National Park
Accessibility
Easy
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area is open between 7am-7.30pm daily.

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.

Close to Hurstville, Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area is a fun and relaxed grassy picnic area popular with all ages, but especially families with young children. There’s plenty of room for the kids to run around, along with a lot for adults to enjoy too.

A parking area just a gentle 150m stroll away makes it easy to load up the car for a day in the sun. The picnic area is set alongside the river, so you can even bring your fishing gear, pull up by boat, or enjoy kayaking.

Settle in, relax and enjoy a riverside picnic as you watch the boats go by. You’ll be surrounded by majestic gorge scenery in a setting of tall open eucalypt forest, featuring smooth-barked apples, red bloodwoods and Sydney peppermint.

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area can be reached by following Ridge walking track. The track offers spectacular scenic views of the river and gorge hillsides.

Take a virtual tour of Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area is located upstream of the main visitor area of Georges River National Park. To get there: 

  • From Sutherland, head west on River Road, then turn right onto Alfords Point Road and turn left onto Henry Lawson Drive. The park entry is approximately 1.5km on the left.
  • From Liverpool, head east along the M5 motorway and continue for approximately 5.5km. Turn left towards the river at Carinya Road and follow the road along the river until you reach the park.
  • From Sydney, follow the M5 motorway westbound, turn left onto Davis Road then right onto Henry Lawson Drive. Continue for approximately 1.5km and then turn left into the park entrance.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at the end of Burrawang Reach Road – approximately 150m walk from Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area. Burrawang Reach is a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Georges River National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

The park comes alive during spring, with wonderful wildflowers and abundant wildlife – try the Yeramba Lagoon walk.

Summer

Take to the water in your canoe, kayak or jetski, or strap on your waterskis for hours of fun along the Georges River The summer holiday information has important tips to help you plan your day to Georges River National Park during the busy holiday period .

Winter

Fishermen take note – this is a great time of year to head to the rich fishing grounds along the Georges River to catch yellow-finned bream.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

42°C

Winter temperature

Average

7°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

-0.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

254.5mm

Facilities

You're encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Maps and downloads

If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Swimming is not recommended in Georges River.

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

  • This area is fully wheelchair-accessible

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

 Wood fires are not permitted. 

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area is in Georges River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient waterways

Burranwang Beach picnic area, Georges River National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Georges River National Park is the traditional Country of the Dharug and Dharawal People and evidence of their long connection to this land, including shell middens, rock art and engravings, is evident throughout the park. The Georges River was an important transport route for Aboriginal people, linking Botany Bay to the inland areas. The park continues to be an important place for Aboriginal people today.

Free as a bird

Kookaburra (Dacelo novaguineae). Photo: OEH

The fact that over a hundred different bird species make the Yeramba Lagoon and its surrounds their home is reason enough for many a birder to visit Georges River National Park. Even if you're not a twitcher it's hard not to be impressed by the list of winged wonders that reside here; from endangered pink robins and powerful owls to superb fairy wrens with vivid blue feathers or the more commonly sighted laughing kookaburra. There's also a great diversity of plant life around the lagoon, including impressive displays of banksia flowers.

  • Ridge walking track Enjoy scenic views of the river along Ridge walking track - a short walk from Burrawang Beach to Cattle Duffers picnic area in Georges River National Park.
  • Yeramba Lagoon loop track Georges River National Park is an easy daytrip from Sydney. Birdwatchers love the Yeramba Lagoon loop track – a short track with scenic views and lots of birdlife.

Riverside delight

Kayaking on Georges River National Park. Photo: John Spencer

The calm waters of Georges River offer a range of activities for visitors; including waterskiing, jetskiing and kayaking. Launch your boat at Morgans Creek, or head to Mill Creek if you have a canoe or kayak. The waters of Georges River are rich fishing grounds for keen anglers and there are lots of spots along the river to try your luck.

  • Burrawang Reach picnic area Burrawang Reach picnic area is a popular spot for a picnic or barbecue. Set on the sandy shores of George’s River, you can fish and paddle nearby.
  • Fitzpatrick Park Fitzpatrick Park picnic area at Picnic Point is a great place for a family barbecue not far from Sydney. Enjoy a barbecue, go fishing or enjoy a spot of paddling.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Peron's tree frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni)

    Peron’s tree frog is found right across NSW. These tree-climbing and ground-dwelling Australian animals can quickly change colour, ranging from pale green-grey by day, to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. The male frog has a drill-like call, which has been described as a 'maniacal cackle’.

  • Grey headed flying fox hanging from a tree branch. Photo: Shane Ruming/OEH

    Grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

    The grey-headed flying fox is one of several threatened Australian animals and the largest Australian native bat, with a wingspan that extends up to 1m. Known to inhabit woodlands, rainforests and urban regions, these fascinating nocturnal mammals congregate in large roost sites along the east coast of NSW.

Plants

  • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

    Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

  •  Black sheoak. Photo: Barry Collier

    Black sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis)

    The black sheoak is one of a number of casuarina species found across the east coast of Australia and nearby tablelands. Growing to a height of 5-15m, these hardy Australian native plants can survive in poor or sandy soils. The barrel-shaped cone of the black sheoak grows to 10-30mm long.

  • Flannel flowers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: © Rosie Nicolai

    Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi)

    The delicate flannel flower is so named because of the soft woolly feel of the plant. Growing in the NSW south coast region, extending to Narrabri in the Central West and up to south-east Queensland, its white or pink flowers bloom all year long, with an extra burst of colour in the spring.

Environments in this park

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